Cebu City…. almost there….

From Bissau to Palau – in the shade of Avalon,
from Fiji to Tiree and the Isles of Ebony,
from Peru to CEBU hear the power of Babylon,
from Bali to Cali – far beneath the Coral Sea.
to listen:  “ORINOCO FLOW” by Enya…

nicknamed the “QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH”. Cebu City is considered the second city of the Philippines. we arrived in Cebu  last Saturday for a one week vacation in my husband’s birthplace. 

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Mactan-Cebu Int’l Airport – IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

i was looking forward to enjoying the beaches of Cebu but, unfortunately, it is not listed in our itinerary. the trip this time, apart from visiting with my husband’s family, is for them to discuss the possibility of our moving here early  next year, maybe for good, hence my blog title,, “almost there”…   here are some of the fantastic photos of beaches  from Asialight Travel and Tours, Inc.

Camotes Island

Camotes Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island

the weather at this time is humid still, although not as bad YET as in Metro Manila where i hailed from (and is the Philippine capital city), where it is more confined and polluted and overloaded with vehicles.. although Cebu is slowly following Manila’s footsteps, it still is a bit better.

City of Cebu

City of Cebu

Magellan's cross

Magellan’s cross

TAOIST TEMPLE

TAOIST TEMPLE

since it is the second city of the Philippines, most of what Manila has, one can also find in Cebu.. Shopping Malls, traffic, bustling business district, its own Capitol Building.  

capitol-building-of-cebu

Cebuanos are more hospitable, i noticed, than in the metropolis because there is still a tinge of “ruralness” with the folks here.  But in terms of cityhood, Cebu is already in full bloom.   considering that Manila is the capital city, i feel Cebu’s foreign visitors are more visible than in Manila,  europeans, americans or other asians (Koreans mainly) are just about anywhere.  Crime rate in Cebu is also much lower than in Manila.  

another place i hoped to visit but also will not be able to, because they only open to public during Saturdays, and we’ll be flying back to Manila by then is the youtube sensation “Dancing Inmates” of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, maybe this is why there crime rate is low, the would-be criminals with two left feet wouldn’t want joining this group as well he he.. here is their video of Michael Jackson’s “This is it” dance routine,   by non other than Travis Payne, MJ’s official choreographer.

if ever my husband finally decides to move here, i would gladly welcome the idea of doing so. it is not yet too late for me to explore Cebu’s hidden wonders and it is going to be another blessing for me.  i hope to see more of the Queen City..  in addition, Cebu City has also been hosting many run events, just like Manila, i am really happy about it.

“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1

M.

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